What's worse is the justifications heard from the neighborhood. Worst thing Kirkwood did was annex Meacham Park. They should have known better.
There are definately some people in the community with chips on their shoulders, thankfully, there are also people there who agree his final actions were not appropriate or those of a 'hero'. I think the sensationalized comments are treated as more interesting news ... so they get more exposure.
I don't know much about Meacham Park, but the neighborhood filled with residents was obviously there pre-annex. I read that Kirkwood rebuilt houses free of charge and paved the previously gravel/dirt streets. Obviously residents also have the benefit of Kirkwood Schools, emergency services, utilites, etc. What do you think would have happened if they hadn't annexed the area? With no prior knowledge, I'd assume they aquired the area due to issues the neighborhood couldn't handle on their own. I have a feeling Kirkwood would be considered just as bad, if not worse, if we had ignored the needs of the people altogether.